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A cryptographic attack tries to theoretically and/or practically attack the security properties of a cipher and/or algorithm.

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Cracking a PRNG by observing ranks within groups of its output

Suppose that I am generating random numbers with Python's random module, so that there is a known random number generator (Mersenne Twister in this case). I've ...
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Bleichenbacher RSA1024 signature forgery, closed-form solution

Hal Finney's writeup (Bleichenbacher's RSA signature forgery based on implementation error) shows a formula for RSA3072. I tried to replicate the attack for RSA1024 and failed, since the first term of ...
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Statistical saturation attack on block ciphers

I was wondering if anyone around here could give me some explanation on this type of attacks. Pretty much the only thing that I could find is A Statistical Saturation Attack against the Block Cipher ...
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How hard is a known prefix hash preimage attack on SHA-2?

Suppose the attacker knows $X, Z$ such that $H(X || Y) = Z$ If bit-length(Y) < 60 then a brute force attack is possible. What if ...
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Is the “Pico” alternative to passwords vulnerable to man-in-the-middle?

Maybe someone has already heard about "Pico" by Frank Stajano. In short: It is a model for an alternative for using passwords for authentication and seems to be very interesting. Regarding the paper, ...
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What are the current known weaknesses/attacks on quantum key distribution?

I am writing a paper on the implementation of QKD in the future. I want to know if there are any viable attacks on the BB84 protocol or QKD in general? I know of the Photon Number Splitting attack or ...
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Pollard's Rho - Restricting the random function to the exponents

Pollard's Rho is usually constructed using a function $f:G \rightarrow G$ which behaves 'random enough' in order to detect a collision with Floyd's cycle detection trick. It is easy enough to observe, ...
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Timing Attack on OpenSSL by Brumley

I am referring to this paper by David Brumley and Dan Boneh: Remote Timing Attacks are Practical (In proceedings of the 12th Usenix Security Symposium, 2003). In this paper on page 4, Brumley ...
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Implementation Attacks on Hashes

So I am familiar with attacking implementations of block ciphers via side channel attacks, cache-timing attacks, etc. What implementation attacks are there against hashes or hashed based functions (...
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Non-exact substitution cyphers

Picture a simple substitution cypher of text with length $N$(spaces optional): Plain : ATTACK AT DAWN Encrypted: ELLETI EL HEPG Another way to represent the encrypted text is with an $N \times N$ ...
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RSA signatures that allow hash to move around in block

I'm looking at a broken RSA signature padding implementation in a real device. It's a very-badly implemented version of PKCS #1-like encoding, but before PKCS added the DER-encoded hash identifier. ...
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*feasible* pre-image attacks against reduced SHA-1

(tldr: see last paragraph) Although SHA-1 is vulnerable to collision attacks, it is still resistant to pre-image attacks. SHA-1 was designed to be resistant until a brute-force attack of $2^{160}$ is ...
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Cost of attack on DSA with attack on DLP

Are there any (recent) estimates of cost of attack on DSA by solving the discrete logarithm? I'm especially interested in attacks that use Pollard's rho algorithm. Are there any optimized ...
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Why, in general, are proofs of possession (POPs) “clearly” not sufficient for substantiating the knowledge of secret key (KOSK) assumption?

In Ristenpart, Yilek - The Power of Proofs-of-Possession: Securing Multiparty Signatures against Rogue-Key Attacks they have the statement: In general, such proofs of possession (POPs) are clearly ...
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RSA encryption extremely large public exponent

I'm trying to do learn a bit about RSA by doing CTF's and now I am doing one problem probably more than 7 hours so I would really appreciate a hint here from an expert. I have an encrypted message $c$...
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show that G' is not a secure PRG even if G is

Hello I'm trying to show that the function G'(s) = G(s) || G(G(s)) is not a secure PRG even if G is. My first question is that in this case, how do I know what G ...
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Need tips on how to break Fiat-Shamir sigma-protocol (programming challenge)

I'm completely stuck on an university programming challenge and I need some tips to get me out of the valley I'm in, you don't need to give the full answer if you do not wish to. What we have: Fiat ...
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Difference between fault measurement and fault model

In the context of fault attacks. What is the difference between fault measurement and fault model? I am reading a lecture and I can not understand for what measurement is used? Could you help me ...
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Boneh and Durfee attack on RSA

I am a maths teacher and I'm trying to understand the Boneh and Durfee attack on RSA. I am not very familiar with cryptography. I found a dutch scripting about it. I know that: $ e*d\equiv1+k*\phi(...
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Can we protect PRESENT from the Statistical Saturation Attack if we change the permutation layer to a random permutation layer?

This is continuation-question based on: If PRESENT had different permutations s would that protect it against Statistical Saturation Attack? Can we protect PRESENT from Statistical Saturation Attacks ...
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How can I match each encrypted message with the public key used to encrypt them for a common encryption attack RSA

I have five encryption mods ($n_1$ through $n_5$) with the same encryption exponent ($e$) and the same message encrypted using the five public keys giving $E_1$ through $E_5$ that were not given in a ...
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How to generate an El Gamal signature without knowing the private key x?

Let $x$ be the private key. Let $k$ be a random generated number $< p-1$, with $p$ the large prime. Let $g$ be the generator of $p$ the large prime. Let $r$ be the equality $r=g^k$ Let $m_e$ be an ...
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Voting protocol - How many dishonest tallying centres can the protocol cope with?

We have the voting protocol that is described here. I am looking at the following exercise: Determine how many dishonest tallying centres the protocol can cope with before the following properties ...
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Correlation attack on Lagged Fibonacci Generator

Say that one uses a known LFG (2 known lags $a$ & $b$, known inner state length $N$, known modulo $m$) to hide some text with a basic à la Vigenère cipher: $C_i=(P_i + {PRNG}_i) \bmod 26$. Say ...
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Recovering plaintext from AES-128 given round key 10 and ciphertext

I'm working on an old CTF challenge where AES-128 was used on a 16 byte block. I have the round 10 key and the ciphertext. What techniques exist for obtaining the plaintext?
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How “Resending Message Attack” works?

In the second chapter of Bruce Schneier's book Applied Cryptography, 2nd Edition, 1996, we find this in section 2.7.1 Resending the Message as a Receipt: ...
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Unique numbers with $P^aQ^bR^c \mod N$ for each combination of $a,b,c$ possible? Would it be safer than separate form (like $T^a \mod P$ for each)?

Main question: Is the computation of $a,b,c$ in $P^aQ^bR^c \mod N$ (much) harder than in $T_p^a \mod P$, $T_q^b \mod Q$, $T_r^c \mod R$ ? (assuming the first form exists) $P^aQ^bR^c \mod N$ With $P^...
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How you find the unpadded short plaintext using RSA?

I am currently trying to understand how you find the unpadded short plaintext when you are using RSA. Please help with explaining the process and so I can understand this topic more.
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Prove that a given signature scheme is secure under random message attacks

This is a follow up to my previous question. Consider the following signature scheme: $\operatorname{KeyGen} (1^k$) : On input of a security parameter $k$, choose a symmetric bilinear group with $...
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Prove that a signature scheme is RUF-NMA and not EUF-CMA

I am working on the following exercise: Now, assume the following signature scheme: $\operatorname{KeyGen} (1^k$) : On input of a security parameter $k$, choose a symmetric bilinear group with ...
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(Side channel) attack on a PIC18 micro controller

I'm trying to get some practical experience on (side channel) attacks. First I want to note all possible vulnerabilities. I thought about: Preset I have physical access and I own/wrote the software, ...
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Non CPA on custom MAC

While preparing for a crypto exam there is a task we don't really understand: task Let $E_K$ be a permutation $\{0,1\}^b \rightarrow \{0,1\}^b$ defined by a blockcipher with the key $K$. Let $M = (...
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On the security definitions

What are the differences between perfect security information-theoretic security semantic security indistinguishability are there other definitions? Do these security definitions depend on the ...
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Question about key establishment protocol and key exchange attack

If an adversary $M$ observes a session of the protocol between $A$ and $B$ and learns the session key $k_{AB}$.How Can the adversary mount a successful impersonation attack and communicate with $B$ on ...